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Strangely shards of gnostic thought emerge from the dwarf's swampish mind. The evocation of Italy is wonderful with detailed descriptions ranging from political problems to Leo's sexual proclivities. Martin's own tortured dwarf, Tyrion Lannister.

Myths of persecution and burning of witches and pagans by the Inquisition are still rife amongst many pagans though in reality it was a rare occurrence. Peppe is more tragic than comic. The whole thing mixes up its sex, violence, religion and art in a very pleasing, wholly credible manner.

The good power created spirit, while the evil power created matter. The devil or at least a devil created this world and it is hell.

Eugene Byrne in Venue Dedalus specialises in fiction that could roughly be classified as gothic or arcane - or indeed gnostic. In any case, the narrative of this novel blisters along with a Blackadderish cunning. Do not buy it for your grandmother. The themes are rather large and heavy, and several plot lines are laced with overt sexual activities.

It is, however, a truly original and inspired piece of fiction for the reader willing to withstand an assault on his sense of moral certitude. It's about a lot of things, some of them downright bizarre, and if I had to sum it up in just a few words I would have to describe it as a gothic codpiece-ripper. Peppe the dwarf serves as narrator by providing glimpses of his youth, his introduction to This is a hard novel to categorize.

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What was not so rare was the burning of heretics, gnostic or otherwise, by the Inquisition. Erica Wagner in The Times This is a rigorous and at times horrifying read, with something darker and deeper in store than the camp excess of the opening chapters. One needn't wait long as Peppe provides his definition early in the story. To cut a long story short, Gnosticism holds that the physical world is ruled by Satan, and that we must free ourselves of the flesh to reach God.

The evocation of Italy is wonderful

As I write, I know that tears will soon come. Historical Novel Society Review. Such a book for me was Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf. It constituted the entirety of my burgeoning consciousness.